Delia Locke


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1874. morn, when they came to bring her the sad tidings, which will nearly break her heart. They think the child was poisoned in some way. (T.S.R. 36.2 P.M. 62. S.S. 54.) Mar. 1. Sabbath. A rainy day. Much of the time the rain has come in "pouring" showers. But we have attended meeting as usual, leaving Willie and Eddie together, for Willie has so much improved that he is able to be dressed and to sit up a good deal. It was our communion season, and Mr. Ross preached from the text, "Glorify God in your body and in your spirit," etc. At two o'clock, the funeral of Mrs. Ed. Smith was attended in our church, which was well filled, notwithstanding the heavy rain. Mr. Ross preached from the text. "To die is gain." (T.S.R. 49.2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Mar. 2. Monday. Willie is so much better that his father went to San Francisco today. The black spot on his face is larger now, as large as a two-bit piece. I keep his face poulticed all the time, and give him medicine to prevent fever from rising, for every time he is at all feverish, his face is much worse. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Mar. 3. Tuesday. Cold & rainy. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Mar. 4. Wednesday. Cold. (T.S.R. 33.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.) Mar. 5. Thursday. Weather cloudy and showery. Dr. returned from San Francisco. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.) Mar. 6. Friday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 39.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Mar. 7. Saturday. Cloudy and windy. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Mar. 8. Sabbath. Weather cloudy and showery. I did not go to S. S. for I have not been very well this week. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Mar. 9. Monday. Ada commenced teaching her first school today, at Alpine schoolhouse, about four miles from home. She will ride horseback, and come home nights, most of the time. When the weather is unfavorable, she expects to stop at Mr. Henderson's. (T.S.R. 34.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) 1874. Mar. 10. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Mar. 11. Wednesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Mar. 12. Thursday. The forenoon was rainy and the afternoon showery. (T.S.R. 51.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Mar. 13. Friday. Cloudy. I have today written to Mrs. Porter and sent her Eddie's picture. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Mar. 14. Saturday. Rainy. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Mar. 15. Sabbath. Weather cloudy & showery, but it did not prevent our attending meeting as usual. Mrs. Ross preached from the text. "O faithless and perverse generation," etc. showing why the church fails to do as much good as she should rightfully expect to do. "This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting," are the additional words of Jesus, and Mr. Ross enjoined these duties upon us as a church, but instead of appointing a fast day, as I expected he would, he said there would be two rehearsals this week for the exhibition, soon to take place. And this exhibition is to be in the church, and they will put up a stage and have theatrical performances in the place of the pulpit, and Mr. Ross himself will be one of the actors, and even boasts that he is the manager of the concern. Is it any wonder our church is weak and inefficient? "When I see anything wrong in my minister. I pray for him," were the words of a good old lady, long since passed away. And I must try and follow her example. Mrs. Stacy has a little son. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 57. S.S 49.) Mar. 16. Monday. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Mar. 17. Tuesday. I have written to Hannah Geffroy. It is the occasion of the seventh anniversary of her marriage. We learn today of Aunt Rachel Shaw's death, which occurred two days after she had completed her sixtieth year. There were seven sisters in Mother's family, and now there are but three left. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Mar. 18. Wednesday. Miss Phelps came here with Ada from the Lodge meeting, and stayed all night. (T.S.R. 33.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Mar. 19. Thursday. Miss Phelps was here till after dinner. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.)

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January 1874

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